The Los Angeles Chargers have silently established a three-game winning streak.
After defeating the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns, the Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos in their Week 6 Monday Night Football showdown.
The victory did not come easy because it took an overtime field-goal conversion by Dustin Hopkins to beat their division rival.
But while the Chargers will take that win to improve their record to 4-2, Heavy on Sports Senior NFL Writer Matt Lombardo isn’t optimistic about their potential to dominate.
It feels like the #Chargers have a ceiling they’ll never be able to break through with Brandon Staley. Love the aggressiveness on 4th down, usually, but the play-calls in those spots is so underwhelming.
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) October 18, 2022
Lombardo tweeted, “It feels like the #Chargers have a ceiling they’ll never be able to break through with Brandon Staley. Love the aggressiveness on 4th down, usually, but the play-calls in those spots is so underwhelming.”
While Lombardo admires Staley’s guts to use all four downs, the plays they have are head-scratching.
Unfortunately, miscues on fourth down may have cost the Chargers a playoff spot last season.
Despite those changes, Staley has remained aggressive on fourth down.
He opted to go for it on fourth down during their Week 5 game against the Browns.
Facing fourth-and-two near midfield, Staley decided to run one more offensive play that didn’t convert.
That decision puzzled everyone watching.
Chargers Should Do Better In Picking Their Spots
They are doing well six games into the 2022 NFL season.
Therefore, decisions like those haven’t bitten them badly.
However, the time will come when those fourth-down calls will come back to haunt them.
Staley better come up with ingenious plays during those situations to improve their success.
The Chargers converted only one of their three attempts in fourth down.
But another aspect they can improve is yards per play.
The Chargers averaged 3.6 yards per play, way less than the Broncos’ 4.7.